Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Happy Valentines Day!
According to the legend, St. Valentine was beheaded on Feb. 14, at Rome, under Claudius. The old notion was that birds began to couple on that day, and hence arose the custom of young persons of both sexes choosing each other as 'Valentines' for the ensuing year by a species of lottery, and of sending love missives to each other.
One legend runs that Claudius II, believing that single men were better soldiers, forbid young men from marriage -- a decree that Valentine flouted by continuing to marry young lovers. Another version has Valentine rescuing Christians from Roman prisons, getting caught, falling in love with the jailer's daughter, and before being executed, sending her a love letter "from your Valentine."
No matter what the actual orgination is,l I have been a better person since allowing myself to love someone, to be selfless and not be be embarassed for it. Valentines Day for me is a warm experience and one that I treasure.
UPDATE: OMG, I just listened to Tina Turner's 'The Best' straight through on the way to work today!! Damn Cupid's Arrow!!
Posted by mightymerk, 4:21 AM